C12_Interest_Groups - Roger C. Lowery, Ph. D. PLS 401:...

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PLS 401: S ENIOR S EMINAR Roger C. Lowery, Ph. D. Part IV: The Apparatus of Governance Chapter outline I. Untitled introduction: political interest groups A. Key-term definitions : 1. Political movement : an unorganized (or only loosely or informally organized) group of individuals who share a common set of interests or grievances and who use collective action to further their interests 2. Political party : an organized group ( the party organization ) of individual voters ( the party in the electorate ) that seek to further their common political interests by influencing government from the inside ( the party in government ) 3. Political interest group : an organized group of people who seek to advance shared political interests by influencing government policies from the outside through lobbying, litigating, electioneering, etc. B. Salience of politics to interest groups 1. Some are organized solely to pressure government (e.g., single-issue pressure groups like pro-life and pro-choice organizations) 2. Others are organized primarily for other purposes but often act as a political pressure group (e.g., business, professional, and labor groups)
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This note was uploaded on 04/02/2008 for the course PLS 401 taught by Professor Lowery during the Spring '08 term at University of North Carolina Wilmington.

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C12_Interest_Groups - Roger C. Lowery, Ph. D. PLS 401:...

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